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Published: 01 August 2014

528 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199679102

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McNae's Essential Law for Journalists

Twenty-second Edition

Mark Hanna and Mike Dodd

  • The definitive media law guide for journalists and journalism students, McNae's offers unrivalled practical coverage of the essential legal issues affecting journalists;
  • Drawing on their broad reporting and teaching experience, the authors offer clear, practical and accurate detail to keep you on the right side of the law in areas such as defamation, privacy and court reporting;
  • Up-to-date case studies and examples help explain complex areas to readers new to the subject and help prepare students for exams;
  • Definitions, chapter summaries, and recap points help students consolidate their understanding and prepare for exams, while also offering a quick refresher for working journalists;
  • 'Remember' points throughout the text highlight areas of difficulty and provide tips for reporting, helping you to balance your legal obligations with breaking news;
  • The only media law text endorsed for use on NCTJ-accredited programmes, this text is also recommended for a broad range of media qualifications, as well as essential reading for any working journalists and editors;
  • Accompanied by a regularly updated website, which provides the latest information on changes in the law affecting journalists to help keep you up-to-date and working within in the law;
  • also provides a range of further resources including additional chapters, a downloadable glossary of legal jargon, self-test questions and further practical advice from the authors on topics such as the Official Secrets Act.

New to this Edition:

  • New chapter explaining for journalists the laws on bribery, misconduct in a public office, and phone hacking;
  • Detail on new court rules regarding journalists access to case material to aid reporting of trials;
  • Explanation of how the new Coroners' Rules affect journalists covering inquests;
  • New case studies on topics including copyright law and Ofcom adjudications on privacy and undercover filming;
  • Full information about new reporting restrictions covering preliminary hearings at magistrates courts.

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